Correction: Exploding Package story

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Posted: May 31, 2016 11:43 AM

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — In a story May 30 about a state correction officer injured in an explosion, The Associated Press erroneously reported the location of the officer's home. It is in the town of Floyd, not Lloyd.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Prison guard who opened exploding package is critically hurt

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says a correction officer who opened a package that exploded at his home is in critical condition

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — A correction officer who opened a package left by his mailbox that exploded outside his home is in critical condition, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday after visiting the officer's family at the hospital where he is being treated.

"He's in critical condition, but we keep fingers crossed and you pray for the best," the Democratic governor said.

Cuomo said the officer is getting "the best care he can get" at the burn unit of Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse.

Authorities say the 52-year-old correction officer suffered serious burns to his hands and arms Sunday morning when he opened a package near his mailbox in the Oneida County town of Floyd, about 35 miles east of Syracuse.

The FBI is aiding state police and local law enforcers with the investigation, Cuomo said, adding that it's not known whether the blast was related to the victim's work.

"He did work in the state prison system, and the state prison system is a dangerous place to work," Cuomo said.

Sheriff Robert Maciol said earlier Monday that investigators spent 12 hours processing evidence at the scene. No arrests have been made.

The injured officer's name has not been released.